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Celebrate M.F.K. Fisher... With Bold Knife and Fork

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Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) is restoring legendary author M.F.K. Fisher’s home at Bouverie Preserve to capture the spirit and the flavor of her life, and as an exclusive destination honoring her love of food, wine, literature and nature. Complementing the renovation are paintings, furnishings and memorabilia donated back to the house by family and friends.

“Reaching out to family and friends who have lovingly shared items, memories, and stories has been rich,” said Kennedy Golden, Fisher’s daughter and an advisor on the project. Among the donated items, Fisher’s Coronomatic typewriter sits quietly in one corner, rough draft secured on the platen for curious observers.

An inaugural event was held in June, and a benefit for M.F.K. Fisher’s Last House will be held at The General’s Daughter in Sonoma on Oct. 8, curated by Sheana Davis of The Epicurean Connection. Davis, who as a teenager was hired to do odd jobs around Last House, has remained a fan of Fisher’s through the years and longed to revive the convivial atmosphere of the house. Davis is volunteering her expertise at bringing together chefs, writers and local luminaries to enliven the space once again.

Star of the Oct. 8 dinner is cassoulet, which was one of Fisher’s favorite dishes to prepare and enjoy with family and friends, made with Rancho Gordo beans, Sonoma County pork, and Petaluma poultry. There will be a vegetarian option offered as well. See a complete menu online. Cost is $100 for ACR members, students; $125 nonmembers. Buy tickets at, search “With Bold Knife and Fork.”

Proceeds from the events will fund the renovation effort. Individual donations to support Last House may be made online at

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